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Finnish copyright law might be changed following crowdsourcing support

30 January, 2013

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Deutsch: Finnland: Volksbegehren könnte bald neues Urheberrecht erwirken

People may be able to influence the fate of the copyright legislation in Finland due to a recent modification of the national Constitution allowing citizens to make legislative proposals for the Parliament.

The Finnish Constitution says that a private legislative proposal can be sent to the Parliament for vote if it gets 50 000 supporters within 6 months.

Chisugate: Copyright blackmail in Finland

5 December, 2012

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Deutsch: Chisugate: Copyright-Erpressung in Finnland

In the spring of 2012, in Finland, the father of a young girl received what amounted to a blackmail letter from a copyright lawyer. The letter demanded the payment of 600 Euros as damages for having distributed copyright-protected music recordings. The letter also demanded that the father sign a non-disclosure agreement regarding the matter.

The father contacted the lawyer and denied having distributed any copyrighted material.

EDRi comments on the collective rights management draft directive

21 November, 2012

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Deutsch: EDRi zur geplanten Richtlinie über kollektive Rechteverwertung

On 11 July 2012, the European Commission published a proposal for a Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online uses in the internal market.

Portugal: File-sharing for personal use is not infringing the law

10 October, 2012

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Deutsch: Portugal: Filesharing für private Zwecke verstößt nicht gegen das G...

The Portuguese prosecutors division DIAP (Department of Investigations and Criminal Acts) have recently ruled against ACAPOR (the Association of Audiovisual Commerce of Cultural Works and Entertainment of Portugal) in a case the latter initiated in 2011 against approx.

EU Parliament approves directive on orphan works

26 September, 2012

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Deutsch: EU-Parlament verabschiedet Richtlinie über verwaiste Werke

On 13 September 2012, the EU Parliament approved the draft legislation on orphan works proposed in 2011, completed by the EU Parliament and Council compromise in June 2012.

The European Commission issued an Impact Assessment in 2011 accompanying the proposal for a directive on certain permitted used of orphan works, considering there was an urgent need of a legislative initiative on orphan works, as a result of the situation created by the US Google Books Settlement (in its original formulation orphan works were to

Ancillary copyright madness in Germany and France

26 September, 2012

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Deutsch: Leistungsschutzwahn in Deutschland und Frankreich

On 29 August 2012, the German government decided to pass a draft legislative proposal for ancillary copyright (so-called "Leistungsschutzrecht") aimed at “protecting” publishing houses' online content from being quoted in news aggregation sites and on search engines.

This draft law would give publishers the right to limit or forbid any publication or reproduction by third parties of snippets of their content.

European Parliament steps back from promoting ISP liability

26 September, 2012

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Deutsch: Europäisches Parlament distanziert sich von der Providerhaftung

On 11 September 2012, the European Parliament voted on an own-initiative report of Mr Jean-Marie Cavada (EPP, France) on the online distribution of audiovisual works.

As we reported in the EDRi-gram after the vote in the leading Committee, the Culture and Education Committee, last July, the report was containing some surprising and potentially very problematic terms on the liability of networks operators.

ENDItorial: CET(A)CTA – Criminal sanctions provisions broadly identical

12 September, 2012

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Deutsch: CET(A)CTA – Strafrechtliche Sanktionen weitestgehend identisch

Towards the end of July 2012, a rather strange and surprising e-mail was sent from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the Member States and the European Commission. The e-mail explained that the criminal sanctions provisions of the draft EU/Canada trade agreement are modelled on those in ACTA.

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